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Return to Somalia.

Crime, Education, Politics, Terrorism, Violence

The US government has announced a $10 million dollar program to train and arm the Somalia’s embattled government forces. They are currently surrounded in the capital city of Mogadishu and kept alive and standing by the African Union forces. These forces have been mandated by the UN to protect the “legitimate” local government against the various Islamic factions and armed clans fighting for power. A local Islamic leader has already said that these arms and ammunitions funneled through the UN forces will eventually end up in their hands anyways and one must wonder what the point is for the US to suddenly come forward and decide to help this symbolic remnants of legitimacy in Somalia. The UN, the African Union, and America have proven unable to restore peace, order, law and a working government in Somalia. The Clinton administration failure started with a highly mediatized landing by Marines and ended with the dragging and mutilating of American corpses in Mogadishu. With the War on Terror and the fight against Al Qaeda, the fighting was “sub-contracted” to Ethiopian forces backed up by US remote strikes from the French controlled territory of Djibouti. Ethiopian troops withdrew recently and nobody is really able to fight that US proxy war against Islamic and terrorist groups in Somalia. Will money do the trick? Will sending military advisers to train Somali soldiers in Djibouti do the trick? How long until we will have to send self sufficient ground troops there, with the heavy weaponry and support that was lacking under Clinton? How long before the US must commit more than money? Is Obama warming up to the doctrine of “peace through superior fire power?”

Eric Chevreuil Eric Chevreuil

13 Comments

  1. simon  •  Jun 30, 2009 @6:09 pm
  2. Enigma  •  Jun 30, 2009 @11:09 pm
  3. Enigma  •  Jul 1, 2009 @12:43 am

    Gerald Celente advising of the economic 9/11 upon us.

    http://www.trendsresearch.com

  4. Damain A  •  Jul 3, 2009 @12:52 am

    Here you go…war-mongering again. Why the hell should we go back to Somalia, Eric? Give us ONE good reason.

    Damain. A
    Temecula, CA

  5. Katherine Hall  •  Jul 3, 2009 @12:55 am

    Should’nt we be more concerned with the piracy in Somalia than with the Islamists? Seems to me the pirates are more hemrhoidal than the terrorists. But hey, aren’t they all the same, Eric?

    Katherine Ball

  6. Mary Wrenn  •  Jul 3, 2009 @1:05 am

    Washington and Moscow poured arms into the Horn of Africa as they struggled to gain control of the strategic region, which overlooks the sea lanes used for Middle Eastern oil shipments. All this for what purpose? To breed pirates?

    Mary Wrenn
    Silverado

  7. Addley Williams  •  Jul 3, 2009 @1:09 am

    Hey, Eric, the American intervention in Somalia started under President Clinton, but the US was forced to withdraw ignominiously in 1993 when two Black Hawk helicopters were brought down and 19 soldiers were killed in the capital Mogadishu.

    Since then, the significance of Somalia has increased rather than diminished, as the Horn of Africa has been identified as the location of important mineral resources, including oil. Bush was looking for oil there. Isn’t it a good thing that Obama does not want anyone’s oil?

    Addley Williams

  8. Abigail Stater  •  Jul 3, 2009 @1:13 am

    Well since you mentioned the United Nations, the UN certainly did not raise any objections to either Ethiopia’s or the U.S. mercenaries’ presence in Somalia, despite the fact that this intervention was in breach of a UN arms embargo. Its silence is evidence of its complicity in the war and it is now unfolding.

    Abigail Stater
    Monroe, LA

  9. Roderick Payne  •  Jul 3, 2009 @1:18 am

    You forgot to add that African leaders are falling into line to act as puppets of US imperialism. Ethiopia’s Zenawi is already acting as a proxy for the US and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is more than happy to send troops into Somalia. So glad President Obama is more ethical than his predecessor.

    Rod Payne

  10. Kelly Klaarck  •  Jul 3, 2009 @1:24 am

    The US instigation of war between Ethiopia and Somalia, two of world’s poorest countries already struggling with massive humanitarian disasters, is reckless in the extreme.

    Kelly Klaarck
    Amsterdam

  11. George  •  Jul 5, 2009 @8:38 pm

    Addley… yep Clinton turned tail and ran from a 3rd world war lord showing demonstrating to Osama that he was a “paper tiger” giving Obama the green light for 9/11 and the messiah doesn’t want Americans to have any domestic oil either.

  12. George  •  Jul 5, 2009 @8:40 pm

    Abigail… too funny. Silence from the extremely incompetent and irrelevant UN… they don’t say anything when they do comment…

  13. George  •  Jul 5, 2009 @8:45 pm

    Roderick… ethical? You mean like him and big MO vacationing all over the world at taxpayer expense, seizing private companies, giving billions of taxpayer dollars to his corrupt and voter fraud ACORN, cozzing up to dictators like Chavez and supporting the outsted Honduran president… you have a weird idea on ethics.

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